METAIRIE, La.– The “King of New Orleans”?
Saints coach Sean Payton will be portrayed by comic actor Kevin James in an upcoming Netflix motion picture entitled, “Home Team.” The film is being produced by Adam Sandlers Happy Madison Productions.
As NBCs Peter King first reported, the movie will be based upon how Payton ended up working as an assistant coach on his boy Connors sixth-grade football team in the Dallas area while he was suspended by the NFL in 2012 over the “Bountygate” scandal.
Payton told ESPN that he believes the film will have a “humorous Adam Sandler” spin and will be more “influenced by” his real-life experience than a precise retelling. It will be concentrated on his experience training the youth group.
Payton said the idea was created after his child, Meghan, reported a story for the NFL Network reflecting on that season with the kids from the Liberty Christian Warriors group. Meghans boyfriend, Christopher Titone, is Sandlers brother-in-law, along with a star who works with Happy Madison. And obviously Sandler liked the idea of turning it into a movie and got Titone to help produce a script.
James, a long time good friend and collaborator of Sandler, has actually starred in such hits as the TV series, “The King of Queens” and motion pictures like “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & & Larry” and “Grown Ups.”
When asked what he believes of the casting, Payton stated, “Listen, Im at that age where I do not actually care.” However he said he enjoyed having a discussion with James about the function over a videoconference. And he stated he knows James and the group of individuals that Sandler has actually long dealt with do a “a great job.”